cory1848 wrote in post #12215112
Ummm, no. Maybe I just didnt clarify it. With a softbox, the entire softbox structure is a reflective material. The front section usually attaches to the box using velcro or something. Remove that front section with the box in place. Fire the strobe. The light fills up the box and projects it, just like a speedlite would. If you ever open up a speedlite you would see that the actual flash element is a lot smaller than the flash head itself.
After taking a shot like that, then put the front diffuser part back on, take another shot. Tell me there is no difference.
It is the same principle, just on a smaller scale. Maybe it is not enough of a difference for people to notice and they dismiss it. It is enough for me to notice.
You clarified it just fine. But you're still wrong. Let me show you. Here are three photos, all from the exact same setup.
1. This shot was taken with a speedlight firing into a softbox. All ambient light was killed so the only light produced was from the softbox with a diffuser on the front. Notice the soft shadows.
1A. The softbox with it's panel.
2. I removed the front panel and adjusted the exposure a bit to compensate for the increase in light. Notice the hard shadow.
2A The softbox with it's panel removed.
And just for grins I shot the setup with the softbox removed. I also placed the light exactly where the front element was when the softbox was used.
Like I said, it's the size of the light source that gives you the softness. That's why a small piece of tupperware on the front of your flash isn't going to do much to soften the light.